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Hi,<br><br>
in another thread a baby floor mat was suggested as a solution to little heads hitting the floor while playing and learning to sit/crawl etc. They are really cool, but not eco-friendly and bad for baby's health <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So, <span>I'm looking for something like that, <a href="http://www.softnsafe.com/" target="_blank">http://www.softnsafe.com/</a> , <span style="color:#FF0000;">BUT</span> PVC-free (vinyl-free), no synthetic rubber and no foam. Has anyone found such thing?</span><br><br>
Here is why, if anyone asks: <a href="http://www.cookiemag.com/brain/kidhealth/2008/03/mats" target="_blank">http://www.cookiemag.com/brain/kidhealth/2008/03/mats</a> (can't say the mag is worth a darn, but the link explains things nicely)<br><br>
Meanwhile, I'll be rummaging the Internet myself and will post if I find it<br><br>
TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Sadly, I'd need to coat my entire house, and all the couches, chairs, tables, walls..... My DS just wanders from one bruise to another. I keep telling myself that it's a phase and this too shall pass.
 

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I realize that it's not a fool proof solution and lest I decide to have a padded empty room, a white one might be pushing it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">, I would be deluding myself, but I'd like to creates a relatively safe area in one room for DS to spread his wings so he doesn't look like a version of Quasimodo at the end of the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for the link Tealeaf. Interesting and scary. Looks like I'll be replacing the foam squares, bath mat and change pad.... I'm now on the hunt for some safe alternatives at a reasonable cost and will let ya know if I come up with anything.<br><br>
DH and I have eco-friendly yoga mats. Not thick or big enough but better than nothing and I will use them in the meantime.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i picked up a huge stack of those foam pads at a yard sale. well, at least i'm reusing? and they've prolly off-gassed quite a bit since i think they're a few years old.<br><br>
i wish i had an alternative, but frankly, my lo looks like she's been in a bar-fight from all the bumps and bruises.
 

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It's really hard to come up with anything at all that's safe...<br><br>
Floortex makes a mat but I don't think it's cushioned <a href="http://www.floortex.com/cat.asp?brnd=2" target="_blank">http://www.floortex.com/cat.asp?brnd=2</a> (colortex puzzle mat)<br><br>
Netfitco offers a mat that seems safe, but not interlocking like I was hoping for (Tempo and Sonella model) Their interlocking one is EVA foam, the bad stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><a href="http://www.nefitco.com/floormat.html" target="_blank">http://www.nefitco.com/floormat.html</a><br><br>
Unless I cannot find anything else, I suppose with a little creativity, those can be attached together.
 

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When DS1 was at that stage where he wanted to be upright, but just didn't have the balance or strength to maintain it yet, we played the fall-down game on the bed all the time. I'd support him to sit up or stand up (his preference), and then let go and let him fall. In short order, he was falling to his butt first and putting out his hands/arms to catch himself. When he started sitting and pulling up on his own, he had *very* few bruise-worthy tumbles. He hit his head on the coffee table a total of maybe eight times before he figured out how to avoid it permanently.<br><br>
Now, maybe he's special ;-). He's definitely a very physical guy... but it seemed to help.
 

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We've been practicing on the bed as well... I'm glad to see that will help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks.<br><br>
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